Diabetic Retinopathy Screening

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Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes that affects the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of your eye. Over time, high blood sugar levels can damage the blood vessels in the retina, leading to:

  • Leakage: Fluid can leak from damaged blood vessels, causing swelling and blurry vision.
  • Abnormal blood vessel growth: New, fragile blood vessels can grow on the retina, which can bleed into the eye and further impair vision.
  • Scar tissue: Bleeding and swelling can lead to scar tissue formation, causing permanent vision loss.

Who is at Risk for Diabetic Retinopathy?

Anyone with diabetes is at risk for developing diabetic retinopathy. The longer you have diabetes, the higher your risk. Other risk factors include:

  • Poor blood sugar control
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Pregnancy
  • Smoking

Early Detection is Key

Diabetic retinopathy often progresses without any noticeable symptoms in the early stages. By the time you experience vision problems, the disease may be more advanced. That's why regular diabetic retinopathy screenings are crucial for early detection and treatment.

Diabetic retinopathy is a serious but preventable eye disease. Early detection through regular screenings is vital for protecting your vision and maintaining your overall health.

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